Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone announced a new localized lineup beginning this week, but unfortunately it also means the end of a nearly two decade-long tenure for two extremely successful hosts at the station.
The Zone’s schedule now features Jason Martin in mornings. The new show will run from 6 – 9am. He will have a partner according to Mike Organ of The Tennessean. That person has reportedly been selected, but not yet announced.
Following Martin in morning drive will be Midday 180 from 9am-1pm, shifting up an hour from its previous 10am – 2pm window, hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow and Paul Kuharsky. Former Titans safety Blaine Bishop then takes over as co-host of a new 1 – 3pm show alongside Mickey Ryan. With Ryan moving into the early afternoon timeslot, The Zone’s drive time show 3HL will be hosted by Brent Dougherty and Dawn Davenport from 3 – 6pm.
“I am excited that 104.5 The Zone now has 4 local shows for our listeners every Monday-Friday,” said The Zone’s program director Paul Mason. “The new lineup will give our on-air talent a larger spotlight to reach their full potential individually and as a team. It also creates more opportunities for advertisers to reach Nashville’s passionate sports fans moving forward.”
Longtime Nashville sports radio hosts Kevin Ingram and Mark Howard were let go by the Cumulus owned 104.5 The Zone, having been featured on their morning show The Wake Up Zone for 16 years. The show’s most recent version also featured Bishop. The changes came as a surprise to both hosts, with Ingram noting he “had no idea when we signed off [Monday] morning that it would be for the final time on the Wake Up Zone.” Still, both Ingram and Howard made their exit graciously.
It marks the first major move of Mason’s tenure as program director at 104.5 The Zone, having joined the station May 1 of this year. The press release from Cumulus Media announcing their new lineup did not mention the exit of Kevin Ingram and Mark Howard.
Martin admitted on Twitter the new timeslot is bittersweet for him, as he expressed appreciation for the show’s now former longtime placeholders.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”